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Losing a big football game feels like I am losing in life

Losing a big football game feels like I am losing in life

Editor November 5, 2014 Comments Off on Losing a big football game feels like I am losing in life

In keeping with my recent trend of writing about college football, I am once again going to write about–wait for it–college football. One might think I’m actually a frustrated sports writer, but I’m pretty

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Perspective on what is good not always simple for this Rebel

Perspective on what is good not always simple for this Rebel

Editor November 1, 2014 Comments Off on Perspective on what is good not always simple for this Rebel

Did y’all know this is a sports column now? OK, not really, but I’ve been talking about sports an awful lot lately (twice? that’s a lot) because I’m kind of obsessed with college football

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Ministry helping families deal with losing a child

Ministry helping families deal with losing a child

Editor October 31, 2014 Comments Off on Ministry helping families deal with losing a child

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – Jody and Jennifer Scharfenstein spend much of their lives in charge of two local ministries that “help hurting families.” Seeing many different family situations, Jody is

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Being my son’s voice is tougher than it should be at times

Being my son’s voice is tougher than it should be at times

Editor October 27, 2014 Comments Off on Being my son’s voice is tougher than it should be at times

The thing about having a child with limited verbal skills is you often find yourself being his voice. “Hello!” says a well-meaning cashier at the grocery. “And what is your name?” Long pause. “This

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For this Ole Miss fan, life sure is good even with ‘State’ hubby

For this Ole Miss fan, life sure is good even with ‘State’ hubby

Editor October 17, 2014 Comments Off on For this Ole Miss fan, life sure is good even with ‘State’ hubby

Faithful followers of this column, may recall that I am in a mixed marriage. Some of you may relate. It’s tough at times, not gonna lie, and especially now that there are kids involved.

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The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

Editor October 12, 2014 Comments Off on The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

I’m about to share with you an epic tale of loss and redemption, of triumph and defeat, of rage and annoyance and really irritating behavior. At the center of this tale: my living room

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Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Editor October 2, 2014 Comments Off on Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

“They told us he would never walk, but we never gave up on him. Now he’s running.” “The doctors all said she would probably never speak, but we just wouldn’t accept that. We never

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Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off on Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

A sweet friend of mine, mother to two adorable children, recently posted to Facebook something along the lines of, “Why is there so much yelling when getting my kids ready for school in the

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No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off on No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

SLIDELL – No Kid Hungry Slidell will hold a fundraiser at Moviesets in Slidell on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music, great food, shopping and entertainment,

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Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off on Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – When Darryn DeWalt was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, he and his wife didn’t know they were about to embark on a ride that would entail

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Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Editor September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Our kids listen to even our most negative words

They are listening to me all the time, more than I realize, more than I care to acknowledge. My children. So often I say to my husband in frustration, “Nobody listens to me around

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Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off on Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau “The peace that passes all understanding.” Philippians 4:7. In some ways it is a Bible verse that sums up the search of mankind. Everyone wants success, perhaps a

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My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

Editor September 8, 2014 Comments Off on My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

This is how things go with 4-year-olds. All last week, my 4-year-old Mark talked about soccer. “Did you know I’m going to be on a soccer team?” “Did you know I have a real

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Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Editor August 29, 2014 Comments Off on Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

We have a new cat living at our house. Could be permanent, could be temporary, I don’t know. One might say she’s auditioning for the role of our new house pet. We do have

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‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off on ‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

So that “50 Shades of Grey” movie is coming out soon. I know this because I am on Facebook where everyone learns everything. Everyone and their grandmother (yes, some grandmothers) are posting the trailer

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Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off on Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

So you know that phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short”? An adage that has always made me a little misty-eyed, as it relates to my children. But HOLY GEEZ, was

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This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

Editor August 1, 2014 Comments Off on This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

Today I am 37 years old. This happens every single year, my birthday. And it never fails to surprise me. In my head, I haven’t aged much. I mean, I have changed, in good

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HS kids learning as they go

HS kids learning as they go

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on HS kids learning as they go

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – High schoolers are always in a time of transition. From age 14 to 18, there are many changes that take place for every teenager. At the

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Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – For small kids, going to school for the first time can be a scary thing even though the time from pre-K through fifth grade is a

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Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – What do 29 percent of Americans say is the first and last thing they look at every day? Answer: Their cell phone. It has become a

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